NFL, Union Take TV Money Dispute Before Judge

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MINNEAPOLIS – Attorneys for the NFL and the players’ union
have taken their fight over $4 billion in TV revenue before a
federal judge in Minnesota.

U.S. District Court judge David Doty in Minneapolis has
jurisdiction over NFL labor matters. He agreed Thursday to unseal
some evidence in the case but did not immediately issue a decision.

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The union wants the judge to overturn a decision allowing the
league to keep the $4 billion in rights fees from the networks in
case there is a lockout. The collective bargaining agreement
expires next Thursday.

The union says the NFL unfairly negotiated the TV contracts to
use the money as leverage in labor talks. The league says it acted
in good faith.